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Trip Code: NETE-TB-KHVL2

  • Trip Type Camping Trek
  • Duration 20 days
  • Grade Moderate
  • Max.Altitude
  • Group Size 2+
  • Travel Mode Land & Flight
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Tibet has long been known as 'The Roof of the world'. It lies in the south western part of China bordering India, Bhutan, Sikkim Nepal. The region is full of spectacular skylines of majestic mountain peaks, breathtaking canyons, scattered highland lake, rolling pasture & farm land & pristine forests. The population of the region consists mostly of Tibetans, Monbans & Lhobans cultivating for centuries very unique ethnic traditions & glorious cultures unseen any where else. This is a land of enduring enchantment & tantalizing mystery. For centuries, Tibet has fascinated mankind. This land beyond the mighty Himalayas on the highest plateau of the world, was hardly accessible to the outside world. Nepal Environmental Trekking offers its various fascinating packages for the visitors to experience & make the dream come true.
 
Within its very short history of tourism the facilities provided to visitors are still basic and limited. So we request our clients not to have high expectations in terms of facilities in Tibet. However, we will always put in all our efforts to make the tours as pleasant as possible. The roads, especially the highway from Kathmandu can be rough & is subject to blockade due to land slides & floods & the high altitude does pose a serious threat to quite a few people. The average altitude of the Tibetan plateau is 4000m above the sea level & that is a lot higher than most people have been in their lives.

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 Trip code: NETE-TB-KHVL2
 Trip Rating
 Trip Duration 20 days
 Trip Type: Camping Trek
 Trip Grade: Moderate
 Min. Group Size 2+
 Trip Start: Kathmandu
 Trip Ends: Kathmandu
 Best Season: SEP-OCT-NOV
MAR-APR-MAY
JUN-JUL-AUG
 Transportaion: Land & Flight
 Meals: 3 times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
 Acommodation: 2-3 Star Accommodation in Kathmandu
2-3 Star Accommodation in Tibet

itenerary

Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa. From Gongkar airport it is about 1½ hours' drive to Lhasa, first along the Yarlung Tsangpo then into the Kyi Chu Valley. Stay overnight in hotel.

With a relaxed pace to allow for the effects of altitude, explore this fantastic city on the roof of the world.

Drive across the Khamba La and Kora La (passes), along the shores of Lake Yamdrok Tso to Gyantse. Once an important trading town, Gyantse retains a feel of ‘old' Tibet. Stay overnight in hotel.

In the morning visit Gyantse's monastery, Pelkor Choede and Kumbum, within the same complex. Stay overnight in hotel.

Tashilhunpo is the seat of the Panchen Lama, second only in importance to the Dalai Lama. Its numerous halls contain a 21.6-meter wooden statue of Maitreya, the future Buddha and elaborate, jewel encrusted reliquary chorten. In the afternoon we drive to Xegar. Stay overnight in hotel.

Begins with a gentle hike up the Kharta Valley, passing prosperous farmhouses and fields. Stay overnight in camp.

Walkup the chain of alpine lakes, reminiscent of marvelously magnified Colorado timberline country, to our camp below the Shao La (15, 300 feet). From here, if the weather allows, we have a chance to view of the immense massif of Makalu and Chomolonzo. Stay overnight in camp.

We reach the Shao La (15, 300 feet). Pass in early morning and as we descend on tundra gives way to stunning green, gold, and pastel red vegetation: juniper, silver fir, mountain ash, and rhododendron. We make camp near the mouth of a superb side valley that plunges a thousand feet to the Kama River (13, 280feet). Stay overnight in camp.

Begins with a steep winding climb through a Japanese wood-block forest. Stay overnight in camp.

We continue contouring to a spot called Sakyetang on the best map of the area, the "Mount Everest Region" 1:100,000 map published by the Royal Geographic Society (more on this map at itinerary's end). Stay overnight in camp.

Takes us into the heart of the "valley like no other." We ascend gradually on a pleasant trail through willows and wind flowers, then steeply up and across a landslide - caused a decade ago by the slow collision of the Kandongshung Glacier with the mountainside we walk on to a meadows above the tumbling grey mass of the Kangshung Glacier. Stay overnight in camp.

Pethang Ringmo was discovered by George Mallory and G.H. Bullock on that first expedition. Stay overnight in camp.

Some of us will want to get closer to the gargantuan East Face. Stay overnight in camp.

Climb steeply to a point near Sakyetang, then contour northward, the whole Everest extravaganza just in back of us, and ascend to a camp next by an austere lake at 16,385 feet. Stay overnight in camp.

In a couple of hours for last views of Chomolungma, Goddess Mother of the World and her towering court. Stay overnight in camp.

We descend to the Kharta Valley, farmhouses, fields, yaks, and kids, into the riverside camp where we began (12,500 feet).Stay overnight in camp.

Drive from Kharta to Rombuk. Stay overnight in camp.

From Rhongphu to base camp is a 1½ to 2 hour walk of 7kms, continuing along the barren rock strewn valley. Stay overnight in lodge.
 
Another high pass gives a last, spectacular view of the Himalaya before descending to Nyalam. Stay overnight in lodge.

Descending to Zhangmu – on the China-Nepal border.
 
Completing border formalities the drive back to Kathmandu continues down the Bote Khosi valley. Stay overnight in hotel.


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